Greene avoided arbitration Thursday by agreeing to a one-year, $4 million contract with the Tigers, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Greene will enter spring training as the frontrunner for the closer's role, even after posting an alarming 5.12 ERA over 63.1 frames a season ago. In the event he manages to let the job slip away, he should still be in line for high-leverage innings heading into the 2019 campaign.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said the team views Greene as the closer heading into next season, Evan Woodbery of MLive Media Group reports. Greene was able to pick up 32 saves in 38 opportunities despite logging a 5.12 ERA (4.65 FIP) during the 2018 campaign. His 1.7 HR/9 was an eyesore, and he will need to do a better job of keeping the ball in the yard if he's to stave off Joe Jimenez.
Greene pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record the save in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Twins. He walked one and struck out one. Greene now has 32 saves this season, which is somewhat of a miracle considering his 5.12 ERA. The scoreless appearance Tuesday snapped a streak of four straight games with at least one run allowed, though the 29-year-old managed to grab a save in three of those outings. The Tigers are likely looking to move on from Greene in the closer role in 2019, but potential heir apparent Joe Jimenez has also struggled some this year with a 4.31 ERA, making the situation a bit murkier heading into the offseason.
Greene recorded his 31st save of the season Saturday, working around a solo home run to close out a win over the Royals. Greene yielded a big fly to Salvador Perez with one out but rebounded by forcing two groundouts to wrap it up for Detroit. After blowing back-to-back save opportunities, he's converted his past three, moving to 31-for-37 in these spots on the season. The 29-year-old still holds an ugly 5.20 ERA, but he's struck out 64 and walked only 18 in 62.1 innings. If not for that 1.73 HR/9, he'd be a much bigger help to his fantasy shareholders. Either way, Detroit should stick with him as its stopper for their final week of 2018 action.
Greene allowed a run on three hits in an inning of work but still managed to record his 30th save of the season Sunday against the Indians. He struck out one. Greene entered with a three-run lead and allowed the first two hitters to reach, bringing the tying run to the plate. He then conceded a run-scoring single with two outs but was able to retire Rajai Davis to end the threat. Greene owns an ugly 5.07 ERA to go along with a 1.39 WHIP this season, but he continues to operate in the closer's role and can provide saves down the stretch for fantasy owners who can stomach his ratios.